The Crucible

How do we solve a problem like Marie?

Women in science’s history deserve better treatment than myths and martyrdom, says Philip Ball

In the Pipeline

Missing mathematics?

While you may not need differential calculus every day, mathematics is the basis of scientific thinking, says Derek Lowe


It's the stupid economy

Some things can’t be measured in money


The nuclear danger of iodine

It may not be an element you think of as problematic. But, as Mark Foreman explains, iodine causes very complicated problems in nuclear accidents

Classic Kit

Schott's glass

Life through a lens

Organic Matter

Limaspermidine and deethylibophyllidine

Desymmetrisation offers a neat way to add tricky features, says BRSM

Critical Point

An unfortunate oversight

The US Toxic Substances Control Act is in dire need of reform. That demands compromises, says Mark Peplow


February 2015

Reflections on the REF, climate controversy and the pros and cons of fracking


Left-handed in the lab

21 May 2015

Left-handed in the lab

The cost of chemistry: are you spending your own money?

20 May 2015

The cost of chemistry: are you spending your own money?